Archive for May, 2012

Republican Delegate Results

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney was the overwhelming choice when delegates were elected to the Republican National Convention in the May 8th primary.  Romney received 21 of the 28 delegates elected in the primary. Former Senator Rick Santorum won 2 delegates and 5 were uncommitted.  No delegates were received by Congressman Ron Paul or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Three GOP State Party officials are automatically delegates to the August convention in Tampa.  They are National Committeewoman Donna Gosney and National Committeeman James Reed and newly elected party chair Conrad Lucas.  All three are committed to Romney.

Romney will have 24 of the 31 delegates going to the convention in August.

Romney delegates elected At-Large (statewide) were Donna Boley, St. Marys; Bob Ashley, Spencer; Michael Greer, Bridgeport; Rachel Amrine, Fairmont; Rick Barnett, St. Albans; Daniel Amrine, Fairmont; Mark Browning, South Charleston; Bonnie Hersman, Buckhannon; Jerry Mays, Martinsburg;  Andy McKenzie, Wheeling; Bill Phillips, Elkins; Todd Gunter, Charleston; Brian Long, Glen Dale; Tom O’Neill, Buckhannon; and James C. Kline, III, Charleston.

Others chosen At-Large were Santorum delegates are Cindy Frich and Kris Warner both of Morgantown and uncommitted Bill Maloney, Morgantown; and Betty Ireland, Charleston.

Elected from the first congressional district were Romney delegates Tom Azinger, Parkersburg; Bob Harman of Keyser and uncommitted Frank Deem of Vienna.  Second district Romney delegates includes Charlottee Lane and Chris Dodrill from Charleston and uncommitted Mike Hall of Hurricane.  Romney delegates in the third congressional district are Marty Gearhart, Bluefield and Conrad Lucas of Huntington.  Rick Snuffer, Beaver is uncommitted.

More results may be found on the Secretary of State website.

Political Tidbits…Pre-Primary

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

WANTED…this is not a partisan blog…even though it might seem like it at times…we need information about activities from Democrats, Republicans, Independents & Tea Party activists…just like a newspaper the news may not always make it…after a non-partisan review…send to

Republican primary voters…and Independents choosing the Republican ballot…will find a long one…the GOP will be electing delegates to their National Convention…voters will elect 19 at-large delegates…and 3 in their congressional district…to the August Tampa convention…LOOK  & VOTE FOR THEM.

An interesting Treasurer race…for the Republican nomination…according to GOP based rumors…Putnam Sen. Mike Hall [Senate Leader] had told party recruiters he had no plans to seek statewide office…the result Steve Connolly a Putnam County assistant prosecuting attorney [may come in handy running against John Perdue]…was then recruited…both filed…word has it Connolly may be the sleeper…after visiting many Lincoln dinners.

A sign of the times…Newcomers received 77% in an online poll taken by The Inter-Mountain [Elkins] while Incumbents got 23%.

The State Republican Chairman race is taking on a life of its own…never has there been such interest…I recall the days when you begged someone to take the job…credit goes to many hard workers over the last years at all levels and outgoing leader Mike Stuart…who strengthen the organization…along with recent growth shown at the polls…not in registration.

An outsider Dick Morris [national columnist] urging party committee members to vote for Bob Adams [state chair race]…may backfire…in an email of endorsement…Morris said voters turned the state to red…”even as the Party is broke and disorganized”…Senate candidate John Raese is pushing Adams…seems strange [a candidate would get mixed up in this one] as unity after the May 12th vote may not be the order of the day…all the while Joe Garcia seems to have scattered support among County Chairs…he led them for many years…Conrad Lucas appears to be getting stronger as he visits Lincoln Day Dinners and events across the State…and Dan Greer a former AG candidate entered the race late…expect the campaigning to heat up this week…it may get more coverage than the results from Tuesday’s primary election.

CLARIFICATION…several candidates around the State…for various offices in the May 8th primary…have posted on phillipsbillboard…asking for support or money…we welcome comments on a phillipsbillboard post or policy…but cannot turn the comment section into an advertising panel.

With the 2012 election likely to be won or lost in Eastern WV…the Young Republican organization there…is planning a Red Primary Party…the impression is that candidates from across WV will make this their base Tuesday night…rather than Charleston.

If you think this edition of Political Tidbits is a little Republican…it is…as the Democrat primary has been quietEXCEPT FOR Manchin and Tomblin…being undecided about their vote for President in November…then again the two Democrat races which will be watched closely on Tuesday night is to replace Gus Douglass as Commissioner of Ag and the Supreme Court contest…where real money has been spent.

Stay tuned.

PS …Joe Messineo running to replace Douglass emailed to say he was left out of Ag Department post  ‘Insides vs. Outsiders” phillipsbillboard post…well he has been both.


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The political environment is most unusual in WV.  The presidential race got attention when Senator Manchin expressed his uncertainty about his vote in that contest.  Now this morning the Charleston Daily Mail has a story about Governor Tomblin.  To keep my non-Kanawha Valley readers informed of all the political developments just visit the Charleston Daily Mail here.

WV Voters Pick

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The West Virginia Poll conducted for the Charleston Daily Mail was released this morning.  Voters picked Romney, Manchin and Tomblin if the election were held today. 

There are some surprising numbers in the results.  For those campaigners needing encouragement remember the old saying “A day is a year in politics”.  The same goes for those encouraged by today’s picture.

The poll also looks at the six-way Supreme Court race for the Democratic nomination.

To see the results, numbers and analysis click on Charleston Daily Mail.